Saturday, November 23, 2013

Snow On The Tulips By Liz Tolsma Book Review

/ / Snow On The Tulips / /


{Review By Madi}
Book Title: Snow On The Tulips
Author: Liz Tolsma
Source: Litfuse Publicity Group
Number Of Pages: 326
ISBN: 978-1-4016-8910-0
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Year Of Publication: 2013
Madi's Rating: Five Out Of Five Stars
/ / Book Description / /
In a time of unprecedented darkness and fear, Cornelia must decide if saving a stranger’s life is worth risking her own.

In the twilight of the Nazi occupation of The Netherlands, the Germans have taken everything Cornelia had to give, even what was most precious to her. Now Gerrit Laninga—a man who puts God and country above all else—arrives at her house, needing help. She is terrified for herself and terrified for her family, but most of all, terrified of the pain she might feel again if she allows herself to love Gerrit. Her hope is to be free from her paralyzing fear.

Gerrit is a known and hunted Dutch Resistance member. When he comes to Cornelia’s home for shelter, he’s drawn to her strength and kindness. When he asks her to contact the local Resistance on his behalf, she refuses. Gerrit is determined to find a way to continue his underground work without putting Cornelia or her family in harm’s way.

When things start to unravel and Gerrit’s life depends on her actions, she must summon her courage and learn to depend on the perfect love that drives out all fear. But will her new love be snatched away before it has a chance to bloom?
/ / Favorite Quote From "Snow On The Tulips" / /
"Courage is not a feeling. Courage is an action."
/ / Madi's Book Review / /
 Gerrit Laninga is involved in some underground work during the war lead by Adolph Hitler, and when he gets caught, he is sentenced to death by firing squad. Gerrit watches as his comrades fall, and then feels the bullet hit his own shoulder and blacks out. When he comes to, he crawls to a nearby home and begs for help, but after patching up his shoulder to the best of their ability, they throw him out in the cold. Gerrit gets taken in by Johan, brother of Cornelia, who holds the key to his life or death. Hiding a wanted man could cost both her and her brother their lives, but they all must pool together their courage and fight for the cause of freedom.
Cornelia is a young widow that is still grieving the loss of her soldier husband that died four years ago. Her heart is fragile, her mindset is strong, and her decisions final. When she is forced to take in a man that was shot in the shoulder (she couldn't very well let him fend for himself), she has no idea what she is getting herself into. Just having him under her roof is a risk, but then she somehow gets involved in his underground work, and things quickly go from dangerous, to deadly.
Can these two learn to fight together instead of against each other? Will romance bloom amongst tragedy?
I LOVED this book! I requested it at the recommendation of a friend, she said that it was one of the best books that she had read this year, and that I just HAD to get it. So I did, and boy am I glad to have friends with good taste in literature. The combination of factual historical events and a modern writing style was just superb! I loved how the close knit family that stars in the book stick together and protect each other no matter the cost. I haven't had a lot of reading time lately, so it took me a while to finish this novel, but it was definitely not because there was a lack of action! Something new was happening at the turn of every page, leaving me in anticipation of what comes next. I would get so into this story that if anyone spoke to me while I was reading it I would jump. Reading this book let me experience real life situations that people went through during the Nazi invasion, and I was dead to the world within seconds of opening my copy. I can't recommend this book enough!
~Madi For The Literary Maidens
Note: I was provided with a free copy of Snow On The Tulips by the Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest opinion. This has in no way changed my thoughts on the novel and I was not further compensated.


  1. Hello! I saw on your goodreads thing that you were reading Against the Tide. Are you going to write a review for it? I'm hoping to read it soon and would love to hear what you think about it! Thanks!

    1. Hello, Marianne!
      Thank you for stopping by our blog! Unfortunately, the copy I'm reading of "Against The Tide" is a library book, and I won't have time to write a full review on it. However, I would highly recommend it! I have now read all of Elizabeth Camden's books, and they are all simply marvelous. I really think that you would enjoy "Against The Tide" if you're into historical fiction. Anything By Camden is a must read!


    2. Thank you so much! I have read "Into the whirlwind" and "The Lady of Bolton Hill" and would definitely agree with you, they are marvelous! Thanks for replying, I will be sure to read it!


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